Brendan Earley of Davison, Mich. puts on his own car show while waiting for the start of the Back to the Bricks Mitten Promo Tour in the parking lot on Friday in Flint. Ryan Garza/The Flint Journal/AP
Syrian refugee children crowd around in a playing area in a camp in Boynuyogun, Turkey, near the Syrian border, on Thursday. At least 150 more refugees crossed into Turkey on Thursday afternoon, increasing the number of refugees to more than 9,000. They were quickly ferried to the refugee camp in the town of Yayladagi. Vadim Ghirda/AP
South Africa's Cameron Van Der Burg competes during a men's 100m breaststroke race at the Sette Colli Swimming Trophy, in Rome, on Friday. Gregorio Borgia/AP
A Syrian boy looks on at a refugee camp in the Turkish border town of Yayladagi in Hatay province on Friday. Turkey called for Syria to immediately halt a violent crackdown on protesters and pass democratic reforms, in a meeting on Thursday between Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and a top Syrian envoy. Umit Bektas/Reuters
A girl rests on a concrete column of the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, on Friday. The memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe consists of 2,711 charcoal-grey rectangular pillars, which rise from the ground and form a tight grid through which visitors can wander. Tobias Schwarz/Rueters
The Monument fire burns north toward Sierra Vista, Ariz. High winds expected to buffet eastern Arizona will challenge firefighters who have been making progress in a battle to tame the largest wildfire in state history. David Sanders/Arizona Daily Star/AP
17-year-old Boipelo Ndaba from rural northern South Africa stands beneath 131 nooses, representing the 131 opponents of the regime hanged under apartheid-era anti-terror laws, during a visit to the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, on Friday. Over two days 250 school children have been taken to the museum and other sites in Soweto, the black township known as a cauldron of resistance to apartheid to educate them on the brutality of the past that all are too young to remember. Denis Farrell/AP
A musician of Panama's Big Band orchestra, practices before a reenactment of a 1950 salsa hall as a tribute to famous late Puerto Rican musician Tito Puente in Panama City, on Thursday. Arnulfo Franco/AP
A pair of horses frolic on a cool spring evening near Stevensville, Mont. Perry Backus/The Ravalli Republic/AP
Jack Merriam plays with the interactive 'Silver Clouds' art installation in The Prints of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again) exhibit at the Washington Pavillion in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Friday. The exhibit, which opened Friday and runs through Sept. 11, features 63 original works, one interactive art installation and a video by Andy Warhol. Devin Wagner/Argus Leader/AP
Jacquie O'Brien cleans up during installation of a sculpture by Nancy Rubins at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y. on Friday. The yet untitled sculpture is made from more than 60 used aluminum canoes and other boats. David Duprey/AP
A woman holds a raw emerald at the 'Minergemas 2011', an international mining and precious stones and metals conference in Bogota, Colombia, on Friday. Colombia is one of the world's largest emerald producers. Fernando Vergara/AP
An office worker walks near a water fountain at a government office complex in Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Friday. Samsul Said/Reuters
Catholic nuns attend a mass for peace and reunification of the Korean peninsula, at Imjingak Peace Park in Paju, near the demilitarised zone separating North Korea from South Korea, on Friday. About 20,000 South Korean Catholics participated in the mass on Friday. Lee Jae-Won/Reuters
A supporter of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Salah wears sunglasses with his picture on it during a rally to show their support in Sanaa on Friday. Yemeni President Salah, taken to Saudi Arabia for wounds suffered in an attack on his palace earlier this month, will return to the country within days, a Yemeni official said on Friday. The words read, 'Thanks God for his Safety.' Suhaib Salem/Reuters
A man paddles a boat that carries local residents through a flooded area in Banshan Cun, Zhejiang province on Friday. Pelting rain in parts of central and southern China has forced hundreds of thousands of people to leave their homes and prompted the government to demand safety checks on vulnerable dams, news reports said on Thursday. Carlos Barria/Reuters
Demolition crew begin to tear down the structure as tenants of a government tenement building watch on Friday at the poor neighborhood of Tondo in Manila, Philippines. Some tenants of about 600 families refuse to vacate their units which were their homes for nearly 50 years and marked for demolition by the government. Bullit Marquez/AP
Dennis Kuipers of the Netherlands and co-driver Frederic Miclotte of Belgium drive through water in their Ford Fiesta RC during the WRC Acropolis Rally of Greece at the stage of Reggini, central Greece, on Friday. Petros Giannakouris/AP
Thousands shut down the main highway in Caracas to express their anger with the increasingly embattled administration of President Nicolas Maduro.
ByFabiola Sanchez and Hannah Dreier, Associated Press
Protesters sprawled in lawn chairs, worked on math homework and played cards on main roads around Venezuela's cities Monday, joining in sit-ins to disrupt traffic as the latest slap at the socialist government.
Thousands shut down the main highway in Caracas to express their anger with the increasingly embattled administration of President Nicolas Maduro. They turned the road into a kind of public plaza, with protesters settling in for picnics, reading books and reclining under umbrellas they brought to protect against the blazing Caribbean sun.
In the provinces, protests turned deadly. The public prosecutor announced that 54-year-old Renzo Rodriguez was killed by a gunshot to the chest Monday at a protest in the plains state of Barinas. In the mountain town of Merida, state worker Jesus Sulbaran was fatally shot in the neck at a pro-government rally. In addition, five people were injured at the Merida protest, Venezuela ombudsman Tarek William Saab said.
The two killings raised to 23 the number of deaths linked to unrest that began almost a month ago over the Supreme Court's decision to gut the opposition-controlled congress of its powers.
The Caracas gathering was largely peaceful, though some protesters wrapped bandanas around their faces and threw stones at police, prompting state security forces to release a cloud of tear gas.
Juan Carlos Bautista passed the afternoon playing dominos.
"We want to be free. I'm here fighting for my children and my children's children," he said.
The current wave of protests is the most intense the economically struggling country has seen since two months of anti-government protests in 2014 that left dozens dead. But while those protests were led by young people who built flaming barricades in the street, this month's movement is attracting masses of older protesters, who say they are fighting not for themselves, but for the younger generations.
Protesters in at least a dozen other cities staged sit-ins, with some building barricades to stop traffic. In Caracas, protesters dragged concrete slabs, garbage and even a bathtub into the road. Retired professor Lisbeth Colina said she decided to participate in the sit-in for her grandchildren.